Once upon a time, some Roman soldiers came across a beautiful Belgian village that had hot mineral springs nearby. The water from the springs eased the pain in the aching muscles of the Roman soldiers, and thus the thalassotherapy concept was born. According to the legend, the name of this village was “Spa,” which is how we got the term for this fabulous activity.
Today, the oldest spa in the world is located in Merano, Italy. However, spa retreats came a long way since ancient Roman times. That is why in this article, we’re going to provide you with a list of the ten most luxurious spas in the world. Moreover, some of them are located in the most exotic destinations around the globe.
1. Aja Malibu
Style: New Age
If you’re looking for an immersive holistic experience, where you can align all your chakras, meditate and work on your spiritual growth, this is the place. This spa retreat became so popular that it was booked solid throughout 2018. Inside the Aja Malibu, you will encounter shamans, homeopaths, nutritionists and every healing practice from crystal light therapy to binaural beats.
2. Karma Spa
The Karma Spa is a part of the Karma Group, a chain of luxurious retreats with destinations all over the world. Usually, you can find Karma resorts at exotic locations like Bali or Thailand. One of their signature amenities is the spa, which provides utterly brilliant experiences for the guests, and has more than one award to its name. The focus is put on the overall well being of the individual. One of the best massages offered at the spa is the Oxygen Infusion Facial.
3. Villa Stephanie
This is an extremely modern retreat set in a tranquil, serene atmosphere where you can go to recharge in private. This spa is located in Baden-Baden Brenners Park, and it has only 15 rooms. They feature a genius digital detox program that blocks WiFi and lets you truly get away from the distractions of the outside world.
4. Canyon Ranch
If you’re one of the people that love reading up about exercise, nutrition or reducing muscle tension, then this resort is probably the closest thing you can get to the ideal spot. Located in Bellefontaine Mansion in the Berkshires, this ranch has a very youthful and active atmosphere. The main reason people visit the camp is to lose weight, and cardio is the primary activity.
However, they do know how to make it fun. You can try anything from kayaking, hiking, to cross-country skiing.
5. Schloss Elmau
Located in the Bavarian Alps since the distant 1916, this huge resort is a place where political elites from all over Europe come to relax and enjoy in the healing nature that surrounds them. You might even encounter celebrities like Ian McEwan, Gautier Capuçon or Timo Wahl. Everything about this resort breaths luxury, and yet it’s a place where you can recharge your creativity and unwind. Inside the retreat, you will find five spas, six restaurants, three libraries, and a concert hall.
6. La Reserve Geneve
They don’t call this resort the fountain of youth for nothing. You can enjoy yourself in a sauna, a hammam, and in an indoor pool spread across 20,000 square feet of land. Everything is modified and custom tailored according to your aspirations and medical records. Furthermore, each part of your stay is designed with professional help.
7. Nihi Sumba Island
Style: Honeymoon paradise
Are you looking for real intimacy amidst nature? A place where you can be alone with your partner and enjoy lavish services and amenities? This is the retreat you’re looking for, and in fact, they are so inclined towards privacy, they only let ten guests stay there per day. The resort is located near one of the most famous surfing reefs in the area, Occy’s Left and you must admit that a spa day after a day of surfing sounds like a magical idea.
8. Borgo Egnazia
This resort became even more famous after hosting Justin Timberlake’s wedding, and the clientele reflects the brand. The Milan fashion set mostly visits the retreat, and everything about this place is designed to fuel your indulgences and imagination.
Style: Local immersion
Kamalaya is an authentic spiritual retreat that offers a truly immersive experience embedded with Eastern and Western healing methods. The resort is founded by a former yogi monk and his wife. He even works as an acupuncturist and a traditional Chinese medicine expert.
Location: New Zealand
How about some mindfulness sessions? Do you think a beautiful setting featuring the Southern Alps and the turquoise Lake Wakatipu will do? If the answer is yes, then you can head out to Aro-Ha, which is a minimalist dream. They even offer, completely organic, garden-fresh cuisine.
Blog credit : Sam Hoffman
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